Usage over time15 May 2016
French-Touch over time
When was the expression first used? Who coined the expression first? Has the meaning changed over time?
Many of those questions are near impossible to answer. However there is an interesting tool from Google which will let us plot the frequency with which this expression was used over time.
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While the data from the n-grams need to be dealt with carefully. Let’s have a look at different dates:
- 1830: hard to say.
- 1949: most likely the release of the novel.
- 1990: this peak coincides with the
french touchhouse music.